Grandson of well-known NFL coach is on board with Crimson Tide


For many football fans, the name Richie Petitbon is familiar. He’s well known for his days coaching as an assistant under Joe Gibbs with the Washington Redskins and was the head coach of the Redkins for a season.

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Well, on Friday afternoon, his grandson–Richie Petitbon III–released one of the most thoughtful commitments in some time. He posted it on Facebook for all to see, and the Washington D.C. area native gave that commitment to Nick Saban and Alabama. He plays his high school football at Gonzaga.

His page reads–“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many Coaches who I have met, and who have reached out to me during this past year of recruiting. It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that I have chosen the University of Alabama as my school for the next four years. I would like to thank all my Coaches at Gonzaga and the entire student body. Alabama has been a special place to me since my first visit last summer. The campus, student body, and the wonderful southern hospitality has been great. Thanks to Coach Saban, Coach Alabama Lance Thompson, and Coach Mario M. Cristobal. Roll Tide!!!!

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The younger Petitbon is a top 100 overall national prospect out of Gonzaga HS in Washington D.C. He is rated No. 4 offensive guard in the nation and a solid four-star prospect. LSU, Maryland and Penn State were also seriously in the mix, and SEC schools like Tennessee and Kentucky also offered.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.


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